In High School I was a theatre kid who got involved in every single performance my school could offer. We even did our own rendition of a few Lion King musical numbers – but none of the shows I have been in ever compared to the experience I had being part of our 2019 Christmas Musical, “The Newborn King.”
I never imagined we would ever do a musical like this at church. It started all with God’s inspiration given to Missionary Grace to do a Lion King musical centered around the Christmas message. It took several weeks until we were able to come up with a concrete idea for the drama and we had so many different ideas for how we wanted this storyline to go.
It was initially frustrating for me that there were no concrete ideas yet. But, I kept looking at Msn Grace, who was so calm, cool, and collected throughout all of this. Even though it was a bit of a hot mess, I could see how she felt confident that eventually it would all fall into place. Seeing her act this way inspired me to know and see God’s sovereignty. Through the development of this drama, I came to have a new attitude.
And indeed, it was really cool to see God inspiring the creative process for His glory. We were all asked to write a portion of the script, however only Sarah Baik was able to come up with the appropriate dialogue for the drama! She has a very disney light hearted spirit lol and so, most of the script could come through her.
While we had most of the script written out, what was missing was the main message. “What IS the main message?” I thought. It was like I had lost my Christmas star! But through being tasked to re-write the lyrics to “The Circle of Life” based on Matthew 2, I had a chance to recover the star in my heart once again. I read the Matthew 2 passage over and over again trying to meditate on its message. “This is the main message – Jesus is King. It is the most important part of the drama!” Msn Grace said to me. So I had to get it right!
Working on the lyrics took time and it was more than just trying to find words that rhymed with “King,” “Life,” or “Ingonyama Nengw’ enamabala.” I prayed, meditated, and even fasted that morning in the same way I would if I had to work on a message. Finally, God’s inspiration came to my heart. As I read through my bible study notes, I was reminded that Jesus was a King who rules my heart.
Before, what ruled my heart was fatalism, sin, and doubt. Under these rulers, I can see how pathetically I lived, with no freedom or peace whatsoever. Just like a slave. But now when Jesus rules my heart… it is so different. I am able to be the person I was created to be, and live the glorious life I was meant to live. (Just like Simba when he was restored to his position!) With this truth reigning in my heart, I can take hold of such a powerful life, shaking off my fears, insecurities, and whatever funk I was enslaved to. Praise God! Thus these lyrics were born:
He’s the king of your heart
He rules like a shepherd
Fills your life with peace
Bringing you great joy
So worship Him
Our true heart’s devotion
The king of your heart
Now, for some more exclusive bonus features of the entire production !
“DELIGHT YOURSELF IN THE LORD, AND HE WILL GIVE YOU THE DESIRES OF YOUR HEART”
There aren’t many female roles in this drama but if I was going to be part of it, my prayer was that I would be assigned to be Rafiki. I prayed for this for several days and then God granted my desire! Taahooo!
Sarah also eagerly wanted to be part of the drama. God granted her desire by inspiring Msn Grace to add another lioness to the mix. It was a perfect addition to have two lionesses. I can’t see the Lion King the same without BOTH Sahara and Nala anymore! Woohoo!
“CHRIST IS THE HEAD OF THE BODY…”
God also brought inspiration to Iliana to utilize HEADPIECES!!!! The dedication, time and hard work to make these headpieces really cannot be ignored – everything was hand made from scratch, minus the cut out template.
Each mask took about a week or two to do – especially the lion masks with manes! This was way more than we could have ever imagined.
Here are some of the sisters who spent their time and dedication to create them: thank you so much especially to costume geniuses Iliana, Inez, and Kathryn, as well as Jacky, Sarah Lingberg, Aileen, Anita, Lizzy, Mary, and Bianca!
Iliana is also a master of coming up with last minute redemptive costume/prop changes whenever we have any costume mishaps. I’m always so amazed by what God delivers through her ideas.
“AND WHY DO YOU WORRY ABOUT CLOTHES?”
Boy did I worry about clothes – especially my costume. But God helped us find appropriate ones!
When I look at the cast pictures of us, I’m really amazed by the colors, patterns, and accessory details. It is so vibrant and lively. It tugs at your heart in awe or tickles you into laughter. God really knew what he was doing. 😂
God also blessed Melissa and Sarah to find perfect clothing for their lioness costumes at Goodwill.
I ran into a little boutique and saw the shop keeper arranging this rugged, John the Baptist style, 2 piece set and white fur vest right on the spot!
I was so thankful that God helped me and provided a costume, being mindful of my insecurities, my limited time, and the vision I had.
It seems like He had fun in helping all of us with looking for clothes!
“SEE THAT YOU DO NOT LOOK DOWN ON ONE OF THESE LITTLE ONES…”
Bet you didn’t realize that CBF were part of the set designing team! Even little Hannah was so wholeheartedly painting. These precious little children stayed up very late way after Testimony sharing to help. They were all so focused on doing a good job that they kept wanting to take the best paintbrushes for themselves so that they could be more efficient.
As you can imagine, children, paint, and beautiful Holiday clothes are a messy combination and so I was concerned about that because I didn’t want to see their clothes or the sanctuary floor get covered in paint. However I see how beautiful and precious their single-hearted eagerness was… focused only on one mission: PAINT EVERYTHING GREEN & BROWN!!
Huge shout out to Wendy and Maryangeline for being such faithful tech servants, in both the practices and in real time. I have never witnessed such beautiful, dedicated stage/sound crew in all my life!
Thank God for this great blessing to be part of such a glorious and colorful drama, to reveal to us all how he is our True King who restores us inside and out. I can’t wait to see God’s continued inspiration in how to serve his kingdom work, and how he will reveal his glory to us in the year 2020.
Happy New Year my brothers and sisters!